Cottonopolis Manchester Northern Quarter Review

Cottonopolis Manchester Northern Quarter Review: January 2018

The Japanese inspired Cottonopolis restaurant is located in a gorgeous grade II listed building in the heart of Manchester’s Northern quarter.  Boasting Manchester’s iconic symbolic Bee, as their logo, which is proudly etched on the buildings windows.

The name Cottonopolis, that means a metropolis focused on cotton trading that serviced the cotton mills, has been inspired by Manchester’s historical past, as the international centre of the cotton trade during the 19th century.  This too is reflected in the choice of bespoke décor which combines traditional with the contemporary while remaining sympathetic to the buildings original features.

Exposed brick work, industrial chain features, cast iron columns, plush tan leather seating & booths, original floorboards, cool copper light fittings which add warmth along with the natural light.  A cool, chic and classy grown up hub to hang out in and the open kitchen created a calm yet buzzing hive of activity.  Owner and architect Nick Muir really has done an outstanding job.

Hot of the press was my “off menu” berry mocktail made up with love and tasted even lovelier.  All the way from the royal brewery of Krusovice near Prague in the Czech Republic is the Krusovice tank beer which boldly rests in huge copper tanks above the bar.

Get ready with the chopsticks or a good old knife and folk, if your chop stick skills are some what lacking, and prepare yourself for a taste of foodie heaven.  The masterful mouth-watering menu is sectioned into categories of Ice, Fire, Steam, Oil, Sugar and Sides.

Dishes are sensational, sophisticated and served up with style. Prawn crackers with the avocado dip were delightful our only regret was not ordering one each.  The vegetable futo maki was fresh and fabulous.  The lovely lightly battered vegetable tempura was yummy.

The amazing asparagus yakitori with a soy and mirin glaze, sesame seed and shoryu yolk shows off their fresh quality ingredients and worked well with the sticky sesame rice.  Stand up for the brilliant bao steamed buns stuffed with salt and pepper tofu served up with sensational sesame mayo.

The detail in the desserts dishes was incredible, both the coconut panacotta with a shiso, mango and coconut macaroon and the Yuzu & lime cheesecake with a gingerbread base and yuzu pearl, looked and tasted super scrummy.  Yasmin our lovely server looked after us throughout and was knowledgeable, professional and friendly.

Delicious dainty food made with high quality ingredients and presented with finesse and style, that can be enjoyed in beautiful surroundings, for me this place was a real winner.

Thank you for reading 😊

Melanie xx


Newton Street, Manchester, M1 2AE.

0161 236 5144


40 thoughts on “Cottonopolis Manchester Northern Quarter Review

  1. I am off to Manchester tomorrow and have spent all week on the look out for unique places to eat. Cottonpolis looks so good, I love the way they’ve laid out their food so cool. Plus that berry mocktail looks lush! x

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  2. The building is simply gorgeous, I love how the architect has kept elements from the original building, combining them with the modern touch. The food looks yummy as well, especially the asparagus yakitori.

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  3. I have heard of Cottonpolis before, because it’s been recommended as a place to take your dog – it has a special dog friendly menu that they launched last year 🙂 but I had no idea about the rest of the menu – it looks amazing! x

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